Recommended Reading List

Incoming Kennedy Academy Kindergarten
Recommended Reading List

One of the great joys of parenthood is reading your children. Partly it’s the visceral experience: Little people curled up on your laps, in their PJ’s, soft light overhead, the day winding down, sleep coming (well, one can hope). But it’s also about the books: An endless treasure trove of stories to share, pictures to enjoy, traditions to pass along.

 You can find the books on Amazon on this wishlist
 With help from some friends and Kennedy families, here is a Kindergarten Canon:

1 is One 
Tasha Tudor

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 
Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz

Anansi the Spider

Anansi the Spider
Gerald McDermott

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch

Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?
P.D. Eastman

A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond


Bear Snores On 
Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

Beauty and the Beast,
Brothers Grimm*

The Big Red Barn
Margaret Wise Brown

A Birthday for Frances
 Russell Hoban & Lillian Hoban

Blueberries for Sal 
Robert McCloskey

The Bremen Town Musicians
 Brothers Grimm*

Brown Bear, Brown Bear,  What Do You See?
 Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle

Caps for Sale
Esphyr Slobodkina

Carrot Seed, The 
Ruth Krauss & Crockett Johnson

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go 
Richard Scarry

Cat in the Hat, The 
Dr. Seuss

Chair for My Mother, A 
Vera B. Williams

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 
Bill Martin, Jr. (author), John Archambault (author), and Lois Ehlert

Brothers Grimm*

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type - Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

Corduroy - Don Freeman

Curious George - Margret Rey & H.A. Rey

Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

Emperor's New Clothes, The - Hans Christian Andersen*

Fisherman and his Wife, The - Brothers Grimm*

Frederick - Leo Lionni

Freight Train - Donald Crews

Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobell

George and Martha - James Marshall

Gingerbread Man, The - Fairy Tale*

Giving Tree, The - Shel Silverstein

Go, Dog. Go! - P.D. Eastman

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Brothers Grimm*

Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann

Good Night, Moon - Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

Hansel and Gretel - Brothers Grimm*

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

Harry and the Dirty Dog - Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham

Horton Hears A Who! - Dr. Seuss

The House on East 88th Street - Bernard Waber

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie - Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

In the Night Kitchen - Maurice Sendak

Jack and the Beanstalk - Fairy Tale*

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub - Audrey Wood & Don Wood

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale - Mo Willems

Lion and the Mouse, The - Aesop's Fable*

Little Bear - Else Holmelund Minarik & Maurice Sendak

Little Engine that Could, The - Watty Piper

Little Red Hen, The - Fairy Tale*

Little Red Riding Hood - Brothers Grimm*

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - Virginia Lee Burton

Millions of Cats - Wanda Gag

Mother Goose - Traditional

Olivia - Ian Falconer

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss

One Morning in Maine - Robert McCloskey

Owl and the Pussycat, The - Edward Lear*

Pat the Bunny - Dorothy Kunhardt

Pinocchio - Carlo Collodi*

Poky Little Puppy, The - Janette Sebring Lowrey & Gustaf Tenggren

Princess and the Pea, The - Hans Christian Andersen*

Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault*

Put Me in the Zoo - Robert Lopshire

Rainbow Fish, The - Marcus Pfister

Rapunzel - Brothers Grimm*

Runaway Bunny, The - Margaret Wise Brown

Sleeping Beauty - Brothers Grimm*

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Brothers Grimm*

Snowy Day, The - Ezra Jack Keats

Stellaluna - Janell Cannon

Stone Soup - Fairy Tale*

Story about Ping, The - Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese

Story of Babar, The - Jean de Brunhoff

Story of Ferdinand, The - Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson

Strega Nona - Tomie dePaola

Swimmy - Leo Lionni

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig

Tale of Peter Rabbit, The - Beatrix Potter

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

There's a Nightmare in My Closet - Mercer Mayer

Three Billy Goats Gruff, The - Fairy Tale*

Three Little Pigs, The - Brothers Grimm*

Thumb elina - Hans Christian Andersen*

Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel & Blair Lent

Time for Bed - Mem Fox & Jane Dyer

Tootle - Gertrude Crampton & Tibor Gergely

Tortoise and the Hare, The - Aesop's Fable*

Ugly Duckling, The - Hans Christian Andersen*

Velveteen Rabbit, The - Margery Williams & William Nicholson

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The - Eric Carle

When We Were Very Young - A. A. Milne

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne


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